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ACLU MYTHS ABOUT CATHOLIC HOSPITALS

Catalyst December Issue 2015

A recent article posted on the Medscape website, “ACLU Says Catholic Hospitals Can Not Refuse to Perform Life-Saving Abortions,” repeats ACLU myths on this subject. It is written by Arthur L. Caplan, a professor who works in the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Caplan agrees with an ACLU lawsuit that seeks... [Read more...]

YAHOO NEWS ABORTION STORY IS INCOMPLETE

Catalyst December Issue 2015

Katie Couric, the Yahoo Global News anchor, recently interviewed an official from a Queens, New York Planned Parenthood facility. The video, “What an Abortion Treatment Room Really Looks Like,” was posted online and it was quite interesting. But it did not deserve a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F; rather, it merited an I, for Incomplete. Three... [Read more...]

TWO REPORTS CITE CHRISTIAN ANNIHILATION

Catalyst December Issue 2015

We know that people of every religion are being targeted for murder and plunder in many parts of the world, and that the Communist regimes in China and North Korea are hotbeds of Christian persecution. But nothing compares to what is happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Quite simply, we are witnessing the annihilation of the Christian people. The... [Read more...]

UNEVEN TREATMENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Catalyst December Issue 2015

The movie “Spotlight” opened in November and quickly became fodder for more disinformation about the scandal in the Boston Archdiocese and beyond. Pages 6-7 address this issue. For a more complete analysis see pages 10-12. The media have pushed “Spotlight,” the movie that recently opened about the Boston Globe team that exposed... [Read more...]

CRUX WRITER SMACKS OF DISHONESTY

Catalyst December Issue 2015

Margery Eagan has a long history of ripping the Catholic Church, but her latest salvo shows how utterly unhinged she has become. Her article, “The Church’s Sexual Abuse Crisis is Not Over,” was posted on Crux, a website that reports on Catholic news. Eagan was delighted that the movie “Spotlight,” keeps the scandal in the... [Read more...]

“SPOTLIGHT” LAWYER IS NO HERO

Catalyst December Issue 2015

Stanley Tucci plays church-suing attorney Mitchell Garabedian in “Spotlight,” the film about the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese. Tucci, who has never met Garabedian, calls him “the unsung hero” of this story. He also says the lawyer “cares about these victims.” It is too bad Garabedian cares not a... [Read more...]

LOUSY JOURNALISM ON “SPOTLIGHT”

Catalyst December Issue 2015

“Spotlight,” which recently opened, has been heralded as an example of solid journalism, the kind of movie that should be shown in college journalism classes. Ironically, many journalists who have touted the movie have proved just how lousy they are at their craft. Journalists for the following media outlets got their facts wrong: New York... [Read more...]

BOSTON GLOBE REEKS OF BIAS

Catalyst December Issue 2015

On the front page of the Metro Section in a recent edition of the Boston Globe, there was a story about the movie “Spotlight” that smacks of bias and gullibility; the former is driving the latter. Lisa Wangsness relied on Terence McKiernan of Bishop Accountability for her data. She wrote that he told her that “the bishops could have... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES SMEAR OF FR. SERRA STANDS

Catalyst November Issue 2015

After the New York Times ran a front-page story that smeared St. Junipero Serra, repeated attempts to have the paper correct the record failed. On the day that Laura M. Holson’s news story appeared, “Sainthood of Serra Reopens Wounds of Colonialism in California,” Bill Donohue sent her the following email: You said that “Historians... [Read more...]

NEW YORK TIMES REMAINS DEFIANT ON SERRA

Catalyst November Issue 2015

The following exchange occurred on October 8: Dear Mr. Donohue: You might have been busy with your news release of October 1 and did not have a chance to keep up with Laura Holson’s coverage of the shooting in Oregon. She began filing from Oregon last Friday.   So while our editors discussed your complaint when it was received, we waited to... [Read more...]

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